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Native American WWI volunteers not forgotten: River City Memoirs

5:47 PM, Jun. 6, 2014
Winnebago soldier during World War I. Twenty-three American Indians from the Grand Rapids Indian Agency were among those who volunteered to fight in the Great War.
Winnebago soldier during World War I. Twenty-three American Indians from the Grand Rapids Indian Agency were among those who volunteered to fight in the Great War.
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They risked their lives fighting for a country that hadn't yet granted them citizenship.

Shortly after the U.S. declared war on Germany in April 1917, Wisconsin Winnebagos (Ho Chunk) joined the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Division at Camp Douglas, although they were exempt from selective service.

In July 1917, the Rapids Ah-dah-wa-gam chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sent each of 23 new soldiers from the Grand Rapids Indian Agency district khaki "comfort bags" containing useful personal items. ...

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